Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum

The Geology Museum at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado started as a ‘mineral cabinet’ put together by Arthur Lakes, the first curator of collections, in 1874. Today the museum has approximately 50,000 minerals, fossils, gemstones, and artifacts. Exhibits include minerals from Colorado, Colorado’s mining heritage and mining artifacts, a gold and silver display, rough and cut gemstones, mineral properties, earth history, special radioactive exhibits, and world minerals and fossils. The museum is Golden’s leading tourist destination.

School group tours may be arranged in advance. The museum moved into its sparkling new building and spacious exhibit area in 2004.

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Images courtesy of the Geology Museum at the Colorado School of Mines

When you are visiting the museum, you can also take the Mines Geology Tour which has eight stops that start at the musuem. Tour brochures are available at the musuem. A PDF (reduced size file) scan of the brochure is linked here and shown below.

Mine Geology Tour picture of brochure

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Tel: 303-273-3815
On the web: Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum

CSM geology museum